Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Georgia. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Georgia are escalating.
The most recent data show:

  • 140,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Georgia.
  • 14.0 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 527,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Georgia.
  • 600 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $7.6 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $1.1 billion is the cost of Alzheimer’s to the state Medicaid program.

These numbers show that a public health approach is necessary to lessen the burden and enhance the quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment and their families.

Learn more about Georgia: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Georgia, the Workforce Development workgroup of the Georgia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force are developing health care provider training on dementia, early detection and diagnosis and caregiver health.

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State plan overview

In 2013, the Georgia General Assembly established the Georgia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias State Plan Task Force through passage of Senate Bill 14 to research the current and future impact of the disease and develop a strategy to mobilize the state response to the growing public health threat posed by Alzheimer’s. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies — including the Georgia Department of Public Health — local health departments, research institutes, law enforcement, care provider associations, elder law and community organizations as well as state legislators, caregivers, community members and individuals directly impacted by Alzheimer’s. Building upon previous work completed by the Georgia Division of Aging Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, the Task Force solicited public input and drafted the Georgia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias State Plan. The plan was published in June 2014. The State Commissioner of Public Health has held a seat on the Task Force and Advisory Council since its inception.

Resources for action

State and local public health agencies around the country are taking action against Alzheimer’s by implementing the Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map. Public health practitioners can learn by example and find resources to help guide their response below.  
 

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Implementation

Department of Public Health Georgia Department of Public Health analyzed surveillance data to describe the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and related dementias among Georgia Medicare beneficiaries, including the overall burden, disparities, and impact on service utilization and related costs.
City of Atlanta Created ministerial alliance on Alzheimer’s and other dementias to work with state government to promote awareness in the African-American community through faith-based organizations.
City of Atlanta Developing billboard campaign to promote public awareness of dementia and an 800-number for more information/help.
Department of Public Health Department of Public Health trained clinical staff (70 physicians and 75 nurse practitioners) about dementia and the need for increased awareness and diagnosis.
Department of Public Health Georgia Department of Public Health hosts educational webinar for physicians on dementia awareness, Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, and the importance of early detection and diagnosis. continuing medical education (CME) credit available for successful completion.
Department of Public Health State government established a position to coordinate work on Alzheimer’s disease and the implementation of the state Alzheimer’s disease plan.

 
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Resources

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Georgia (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Georgia (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Georgia (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Georgia (2012)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Georgia (2011)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Georgia (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Georgia (2016)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Georgia (2012)

Care and Advance Planning

Georgia Health Decisions Critical Conditions Planning Guide